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Published On: Thu, Aug 8th, 2013

Ohio postal worker refuses handling of firearm due to ‘religious beliefs’

A Columbus, Ohio firearms business has experienced some trouble getting a legal shipment of a gun processed at a local post office.

Last week Eric Delbert and his father Philip, who are both part-time police officers and co-owners of LEPD Firearms & Range, a gun store and shooting range in Columbus, sold a gun to a buyer in Kentucky.

photo Joel Bombardier via Flickr

photo Joel Bombardier via Flickr

After taking the steps necessary to legally ship the purchase, they took the box to a Columbus branch of the USPS.

When the elder Delbert brought the package in to the post office and showed the postal clerk the box and the already completed form, the clerk refused to touch the package and told Phillip, “Because of my religious beliefs, I cannot process your package,” according to The Blaze.

The clerk instructed the elder Delbert to take his package and step aside to an unattended window. He did so, waiting for another clerk to come out from the back and help him.

No one came.

Delbert waited and waited as his son grew concerned and called his father on his cellphone to find out what was going on. Eric Delbert then called the station, managing to reach another person in the back of the branch. That postal worker came out and processed the order.

The Blaze detailed contacting the post office and speaking with David Van Allen who stated that the incident had been confirmed and he admitted that “it never should have happened.” We were told that the employee had been “talked to” and that “the situation will not be repeated.” David Van Allen also offered a sincere apology to the Delberts, adding, that they should contact the manager of the local station for a personal apology.

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